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Seven Groups for Women IT Professionals
Looking for peers to bounce ideas off of, to inspire you or to find stimulating conversation? Here is a list of groups that can help expand your horizons.
The Anita Borg Institute
Works with women and men who believe in its mission of “increasing the impact of women on all aspects of technology.” Since 1997, ABI has developed tools and programs to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders. Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney launched the Grace Hopper Celebration Of Women In Computing Conference in 1994 to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
Association for Women in Computing
Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1978, this is one of the first professional organizations for women in computing. Members include programmers, system analysts, operators, technical writers, Internet specialists and trainers.
IEEE Women In Engineering
IEEE Women in Engineering is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. Its mission is to inspire, engage, encourage and empower IEEE women worldwide.
National Center for Women & Information Technology
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of more than 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofits working to increase women’s participation in information technology. It is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, Avaya, Microsoft, Pfizer, Bank of America, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, the Kauffman Foundation and Qualcomm.
The National Association of Women Business Owners
In 1975, a dozen businesswomen in the D.C. area gathered to share information and strengthen entrepeneurial interests. That group quickly grew to become the National Association of Women Business Owners. Today, NAWBO includes more than 10 million women-owned businesses.
Women In Technology
Aiming to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom, the group provides advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring and technology education. It hosts montly programs on a variety of topics with a diverse array of speakers.
WITI (Women In Technology International)
Programs and partnerships provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment. Products and services include Networking WITI Marketplace, Career Services/Search, National Conferences and Regional Events, Publications and Resources, Research and more.